How Do I Know if I’m a Real Writer or Not?

?In another of my newsletter signup welcome email conversations, Michael asked,

As an old guy, my only real question about publishing in general is: am I considered to be a writer, for real, if I’m not published by a traditional publisher?

By you, or by traditional publishers, or by your readers, or by your family, or by other self-published authors?

You might guess that some folks will look down on you, and some won’t.

I think the answer that matters is what it feels like to you.

I’ve self-published 10 books. Anyone who thinks I’m not an author, a real writer, can take a flying leap. I know what I am.

You probably do, too.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to be who you are and do what you do.

5 thoughts on “How Do I Know if I’m a Real Writer or Not?

  1. Love your comment. I have been told by some wannabes, that I shouldn’t call myself a writer. Yeah right! I asked one person in particular, what his take was on who is a a writer. His vague explanation was the following. “You need an agent, you need to make a lot of money, etc.”I just laughed, and dismissed him completely.
    I wrote a 250 page book for my PhD dissertation, I blog world wide, have written articles, etc. For those who don’t see me as a writer, too bad. This my opinion, and you can take that to the bank. Blessings.

    1. I sorta think writing a 250-page book resulting in letters after your name is an indication that you took the whole thing seriously, not amateurishly.

      I love asking people the same question: “Then what DOES make a real ‘writer’ ?” The answer never impresses.

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